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Wyoming wildfire destroys 29 homes, 31 other structures

Sep. 30, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wildfire has destroyed 29 homes and 31 other structures in a southeastern Wyoming forest and threatens to remain active for weeks to come, officials said. The fire in Medicine Bow National Forest about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Cheyenne has slowed somewhat since more than...

People celebrate in front of the Sendai High Court after the court's ruling on the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster in Sendai, northern Japan, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The court on Wednesday found negligence by the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in failing to take tsunami measures to prevent the 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering them to jointly pay some 1 billion yen ($9.5 million) in damages to thousands of residents for their lost livelihoods. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan court orders gov't, TEPCO to pay in Fukushima disaster

Sep. 30, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Wednesday found the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant negligent for failing to take measures to prevent the 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering them to pay some 1 billion yen ($9.5 million) in damages to thousands of residents for their lost...

Smoke rises over a vineyard as the Glass Fire burns, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Calistoga, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

California's wine country residents facing fire fatigue

Sep. 29, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Will Abrams and his family packed their pickup truck with laptops, clothes, sleeping bags and a tent and quickly left their rental home in California's wine country after seeing flames on a hill about a quarter-mile away Monday morning. It was their third hurried fire evacuation in as...

Ammo inside burning home shoots out and injures fire chief

Sep. 29, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) — A fire chief suffered a minor injury when ammunition inside a burning home shot out and hit him, officials said. Firefighters responded to the fire in Hinesburg, Vermont, shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. No one was home at the time, WCAX-TV reported. The ammunition that caught...

Gas leak leads to explosion in Dubuque

Sep. 29, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Fire officials are blaming a gas leak for an explosion that destroyed one Dubuque home and damaged several others. KCRG reports that Chief Rick Steines with the Dubuque Fire Department said a machine struck a gas main Monday while working in the area. He said firefighters evacuated...

Private firefighter Bradcus Schrandt, right, holds an injured kitten while Joe Catterson assists, at the Zogg Fire near Ono, Calif., on Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)

Dying winds give crews hope in Northern California fires

Sep. 29, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Easing winds gave California firefighters a break Tuesday as they battled a destructive wildfire that was driven by strong winds through wine country north of San Francisco and another rural blaze that killed three people. Breezes replaced the powerful gusts that sent the Glass Fire...

A Maricopa County Sheriff's vehicle blocks a road miles from a wildfire in the Tonto National Forest, as the fire has grown to more than 12,400 acres with zero containment Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Carefree, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona fire grows to more than 14,000 acres, 15% contained

Sep. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Firefighters were working Monday to get a grip on a wind-whipped wildfire north of Phoenix that has destroyed several structures including at four homes and 10 outbuildings. The blaze, which was first reported Friday afternoon in the Tonto National Forest, grew to more than 22 square miles...

A fire engine leaves a burning property as the Glass Fire tears through St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

3 killed in Northern California wildfire; thousands flee

Sep. 29, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California's wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting orders for nearly 70,000 people to evacuated. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state. In Sonoma...

Colorado's 3rd largest recorded wildfire continues to spread

Sep. 27, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Winds fueled a northern Colorado wildfire that emergency officials said has damaged structures and moved beyond barriers established by firefighters to slow the fire's spread. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said structure damage was reported Sunday in the state's third largest...

Uncontained wildfire northeast of Phoenix burns 9,200 acres

Sep. 27, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A wildfire in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix has charred about 14 square miles (36 square kilometers) with no containment yet, authorities said Sunday. Forest officials said the wildfire is burning in grass and brush and its cause remains under investigation. No injuries or...